CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It was a successful two-week passenger bus safety inspection blitz here in West Virginia. The West Virginia Public Service Commission Transportation Enforcement Division teamed up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a look at what’s going on in the driver’s seat and underneath that bus when it’s on the road.
The blitz started the last week of August and wrapped up back on Friday.
“[The inspectors] stopped buses on the road. They also visited various terminals just to make sure that the buses that are on West Virginia highways are just as safe as they possibly can be,” explained Small.
During that two-week period, inspectors pulled over 51 charter buses. The number of problems encountered were very low.
“One driver was placed out of service for exceeding the number of hours he was allowed to be driving,” said Small. “Then there were several other violations that we found. There was one brake violation, several where a driver had either a brake light or a tail light or a directional light out.”
Small said they haven’t yet compared this year’s numbers to those in the past but she’s pleased with the results.
“That makes me very happy. That means what we were finding is that our buses are pretty safe out there,” she stated.
The bus inspections included: overall vehicle maintenance, including brakes, tires and exhaust systems, verifying driver qualifications and compliance with hours-of-service requirements.